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Hillsborough mail carrier stole gift cards, he says in plea agreement

In this 2011 file photo, a customer places first class stamps on envelopes at a U.S. Post Office in San Jose, Calif.  [AP]
In this 2011 file photo, a customer places first class stamps on envelopes at a U.S. Post Office in San Jose, Calif. [AP]
Published Mar. 19, 2018

TAMPA — A Lutz man admits in a federal plea agreement that he stole gift cards out of the mail while working as a letter carrier in Temple Terrace from 2016 to 2017.

John Albert Astl, 45, even drove his U.S. Postal Service vehicle while spending some of the money, according to his agreement with prosecutors, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Tampa.

A mail customer complained in April that her South Carolina father had twice mailed $100 Visa cards that never arrived. One was deactivated, but another was used six times. Surveillance video showed Astl making purchases with the card, the plea agreement said.

He admitted to stealing 10 gift cards from the mail, including gas, Visa, Target and Walmart cards, the record said.

He agreed to plead guilty to one count of opening the mail without authority, punishable by no more than a year in prison.

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